In recent years, the number of e-bikes in Germany has increased significantly. Because the wheel is no longer driven solely by the driver's muscular power, of course, there are also completely new possibilities for transport. For example, cargo bikes are enjoying ever greater popularity and are sometimes subsidized by the state . The Austrian startup GentleTent wants to use the development, however, to enrich the camping area with a new facet. Therefore, the employees have developed there a kind of caravan for electric bikes. This weighs about 29 kilograms and can be used in the so-called Turtle mode for transport. The tent is then on a tub with 120 liters of storage space.
The driver sleeps at a height of 73 centimeters
The peculiarity of B Turtle comes into play when the campsite is reached in the evening. Because there is the trailer for comfortable sleeping space for two people. In total, there is a mattress surface of 130 × 210 centimeters. Besides, there is a kind of awning where you can even stand. However, the construction always moves a little when you lie in it and, for example, turns to the side. At the beginning this takes a bit of getting used to. Nevertheless, the sleeping position at a height of 73 centimeters is usually much more comfortable than in a tent on the ground. The next morning, the mini-caravan can then be folded again. When transporting the trailer is finally only 79 centimeters wide, so that the ride on most bike paths possible.
The battery is comparatively heavily stressed
If you have a taste, there are two ways to drive the B Turtle yourself. On the one hand, the trailer can be bought for the price of just under 3,000 euros. In addition, there are also seven rental agencies in Germany. There you pay for two nights around 90 euros. Before the trip you should, however, fully recharge the battery of the electric bike. Because the construction is relatively difficult, especially if additional loads are transported. This ensures that the batteries empty faster than usual. When choosing the campsite should also be taken to ensure that there is a charging station.